Tabu (Actress) Biography, Personal Life, Physical Statistics, Education, Luxuries, Income & More

Tabu biography

Tabu (Actress) Biography, Personal Life, Physical Statistics, Education, Luxuries, Income & More

Tabu is an Indian film actress whi has mostly acted in Hindi and Telugu films, alongwith English, Tamil, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali language films. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress twice, and has received six Filmfare Awards, including a record four Critics Awards for Best Actress. She was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2011. Tabu is best known for playing protagonists in films that garner more critical appreciation than substantial box office figures. Her most critically acclaimed performances were in the films Maachis (1996), Kaalapaani (1996), Virasat (1997), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Hu Tu Tu (1999), Astitva (2000), Chandni Bar (2001), Maqbool (2003), Cheeni Kum (2007), Haider (2014), Drishyam (2015) and Fitoor (2016). Her international projects include a leading role in Mira Nair’s drama The Namesake (2007) and a supporting role in Ang Lee’s highly successful adventure film Life of Pi (2012).

Personal Life

Name: Tabassum Fatima Hashmi
November 4, 1970
Birth Place: 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Home Town: 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Home Address: 
Anukul, 2nd Floor, 7 Bungalows, Andheri West, Mumbai
Best Friends: 
Shilpa Shetty, Ajay Devgn
Collecting perfumes, writing poetry, reading


Debut Work: English- Inferno (1997), Hindi- Rehna Hai Tere Dil Mein (2001)
Virasat (1997), Hu Tu Tu (1999), Astitva (2000), Cheeni Kum (2007), Vijaypath (1994), Haider (2014)
TV Serials: 
Not Applicable

Tabu biography

Physical Statistics

Height: 172 centimetres
62 kilograms
Hair Color: 


Marital Status: Unmarried
Not Applicable
BF: Sajid Nadiadwala (director, producer), Sanjay Kapoor (actor, producer), Akkineni Nagarjuna (Telugu actor)
Not Applicable
Jamal Hashmi (Actor)
Rizwana (school teacher)
Sister: Farah Naaz (actress)


School: St. Anns high school, Hyderabad
College (Graduation): 
St. Xavier’s College, Mumbai
College (Post-Graduation): 
Not Attended
Educational Qualification: 
Degree in Electronics


Cars: Jaguar XF, Toyota Fortuner
Not Applicable
a 3 BHK in Mumbai, a two-storeyed white bungalow in Hyderabad, property in Goa


Movies: 1-2 Crore rupees/film (estimate)
TV Shows: 
Not Applicable
Net Income: $2 million (estimate)

Likes/ Dislikes

Film: Golmaal (1979)
Actor: Sanjeev Kumar
Actress: Salma Hayek
Not Known

More Information and Facts about Tabu

  • She is the niece of Shabana Azmi and Baba Azmi and the younger sister of actress Farah Naaz.
  • She speaks Urdu, Telugu, Hindi and English.
  • Tabu’s first release in a lead role was Pehla Pehla Pyar, which wasn’t appreciated much. She came into prominence with her role in Vijaypath, (1994) for which she received the Filmfare Best Female Debut Award.
  • Her film Virasat was a success at the box office and Tabu won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance.
  • Two successful films of her career Biwi No.1 and Hum Saath-Saath Hain: We Stand United were the first and second biggest hits of that year, respectively.
  • In Chandni Bar, her portrayal of a bar dancer met with unanimous praise, and she won her second National Film Award for Best Actress for her performance.
  • She has acted in a number of Telugu movies such as Coolie No. 1, Ninne Pelladutha, Chennakeshava Reddy and Pandurangadu, Andarivadu with and Aavida Maa Aavide.
  • Tabu starred in a version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, called Maqbool, which premiered at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival. It was a box office failure, but was met with huge acclaim. Tabu’s performance opened to much appreciation.
  • In 2007, Tabu starred in her first Hollywood film The Namesake, directed by Mira Nair which turned out to be a hit.
  • In 1998, Tabu was charged with poaching two blackbucks in Kankani during the filming of Hum Saath Saath Hain. A lower court charged her under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 and the IPC.
  • Tabu has won two National Film Award for Best Actress for her roles in Maachis (1996) and Chandni Bar (2001). She has also won six Filmfare Awards, four for Critics Award for Best Actress for Virasat (1997), Hu Tu Tu (1999), Astitva (2000) and Cheeni Kum (2007) and one each for Best Female Debut for Vijaypath (1994) and Best Supporting Actress for Haider (2014), and one Filmfare Awards South for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu.

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